Michael Takeo Magruder b. 1974

Michael Takeo Magruder is a visual artist who works with emerging media including real-time data, digital archives, VR environments, mobile devices, and AI processes. His practice explores concepts ranging from media criticism and aesthetic journalism to digital formalism and computational aesthetics, deploying Information Age technologies and systems to examine our networked, media-rich world.

In the last 25 years, Takeo Magruder’s projects have been showcased in over 300 exhibitions in 35 countries, and his art has been supported by numerous institutions within the UK, US, and EU. In 2010, he represented the UK at Manifesta 8 - the European Biennial of Contemporary Art and several of his most well-known digital artworks were added to the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art. As a Leverhulme Trust artist-in-residence, Takeo Magruder produced De/coding the Apocalypse (Somerset House, 2014), a solo exhibition of contemporary creative visions based on the Book of Revelation. The following year, he was awarded the 2015 Immersive Environments Lumen Prize for his VR installation A New Jerusalem (2014). More recently, Takeo Magruder as developed projects reflecting on current issues surrounding migration in the West including the Syrian Civil War (Lamentation for the Forsaken, 2016) and the US southern border crisis (Zero Tolerance, 2018). As artist-in-residence at the British Library, he researched digital map archives in the One Million Images from Scanned Books collection to create his solo exhibition Imaginary Cities (2019). Takeo Magruder was the first ever artist-in-residence at The National Archives, UK, exploring the institution’s ongoing digital transformation in his solo exhibition [re]Encoding the Archive (2021). During the Covid-19 pandemic, Takeo Magruder was virtual artist-in-residence at the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts & Religion in Washington, DC where he investigated social and ethical issues surrounding the international health crisis.